A preliminary study of Covid-19 cases and fatalities in Africa shows patients with conditions like diabetes, hypertension and asthma are at far greater risk. What’s more, the focus on the pandemic has disrupted care for these non-communicable diseases.
Food is fuel, but this concept is relatively new to me. I wasn’t always conscious of what I ate and I would often wolf down food because I was either hungry, bored, or emotional. That was me in 2017, writes Reesha Chibba.
Every South African has been affected by diabetes — whether directly or indirectly. For those who have experienced or witnessed the complications of this deadly disease, it can be devastating and disruptive for families and communities, health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize* writes.
Global leaders have put the onus on individuals to reduce “lifestyle” diseases rather than cracking down on industry in a global declaration to be adopted at today’s (27 September) UN High Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases.